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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Parents of Reddick Bryan

Reddick Bryan was born February 18, 1793. This date can be seen on his headstone in the Bryan Cemetery in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. According to the 1850 United States Federal Census Record of Bienville Parish, Reddick Bryan was born in North Carolina.

Reddick’s father is thought to be James Bryan, son of Needham Bryan, both of the Martin/Halifax areas of North Carolina. There is no documented proof showing James as Reddick's father. James gave land to Reddick and Reddick completed land transactions with Power of Attorney for James; all in Martin County, North Carolina.  

On December 24, 1817, in Twiggs County, Georgia, Reddick Bryan applied for letters of administration on the estate of a James Bryan, late of Twiggs County.  This was found in the January 6, 1818 issue of the Georgia Journal.  In March of 1818, Reddick was listed as one of two administrators for the estate of a James Bryan. This was seen in several issues of the Georgia Journal. No records of estates are available as the courthouse in Twiggs was burned in 1901. This 1818 estate notice is the last mention of Reddick associated with James Bryan. I believe this James Bryan was the James thought to be Reddick's father. 

Reddick Bryan’s mother is unknown

Some Public Member Trees found on state that his mother is Elizabeth Hall.*  She is not his mother. In most of those Public Family Trees her birth year is 1803, ten years after Reddick's birth. 

Mary Bembry, born in 1821 is another person found as Reddick's mother in several Public Member Trees.  Bembry is a name found in the Martin / Halifax area, but Mary is much too young. 

Other Public Member Trees indicate Reddick’s mother was Mary Reddick Bryant / Bryan born in Crawford County, Georgia. This Mary’s maiden name of Reddick has not been proven and she was married to a James Bryan who died around 1850. I have not seen documentation indicating Mary and her husband, James, were parents of Reddick. 

*I added a story about Reddick's parents to my Public Member Tree at Ancestry in 2012. I wrote that Elizabeth Hall was the mother of a Redick O’Bryan who was born in NC and spent much of his adult life in Hopkins County, Kentucky. Elizabeth Hall was NOT the mother or wife of Redick O'Bryan.  I will delete that story and replace it with this post. 

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Sources "Public Member Trees." Web. 14 Jan. 2017. <>.

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn

Georgia Journal. Milledgeville. GenealogyBank. 1818. Web. 12 Feb. 2017. <>.

Quinn, Diana B. "Bryan Family." Rootsweb Freepages. 2002. Web. 14 Jan. 2017. <>.

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